President Donald Trump held a joint press conference yesterday with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force to provide updates on the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The President began by announcing the expansion of the Medicare Tele-Health program and new FDA rules intended to facilitate the expedition of coronavirus testing in all 50 states.
President Trump said he spoke this morning with Executives from America’s largest fast food chains about keeping business open while emphasizing drive-thru, carry-out and delivery.
The President reminded Americans of the guidelines he released yesterday asking Americans to help stop Covid-19 over the next 14 days by avoiding gatherings of 10 people or more.
President Trump announced that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will spearhead the effort to get a stimulus package passed through Congress which will likely include an actual check to American workers who have been hurt by the economic crisis.
Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the Coronavirus Task Force, took the podium to reassure the American people, saying that the President and American leaders are bringing the full weight of the U.S. government to the challenge of stopping the spread of Covid-19.
Pence urged Americans to follow the guidelines released yesterday by the White House saying, “President Trump’s 15-Day Coronavirus Guidelines are advice for every American in every community. They’re the result of the best guidance of CDC and our health experts.”
The President’s coronavirus guidelines can be summarized as:
- If you feel sick, stay home.
- If your kids feel sick, keep the entire household at home.
- If someone in your home tests positive, have the entire family stay home.
- If you are an older person or someone with an underlying health condition, stay home and away from others.
- Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more
- Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, or food courts
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced several economic proposals including delaying IRS payments as high as $1 million for individuals and $10 million for corporations. Mnuchin also clarified that he hopes to have checks on their way to American workers in the next two weeks.